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Explore a variety activities, workshops, and courses on a wide range of topics in a relaxed environment. Classes are designed to accommodate your learning style and busy schedule!

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Hawkeye Business and Community Education provides professional skill development for individuals and businesses. Browse a complete list of our courses or course series and if you do not see the type of course you are looking for contact us to learn more about designing customized training for your workforce.

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In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning. See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor''s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included.

Start date: 09/06/16

End date: 09/30/16

Tuition: $195.00



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American Sign Language (ASL) is the visual-gesture language used primarily among the American deaf communities. Using the immersion method, all teaching is done exclusively in ASL. You will acquire basic vocabulary and grammar by using ASL receptive and expressive skills in class. No prior knowledge of ASL is needed to join!  

Start date: 09/24/16

End date: 11/05/16

Tuition: $75.00



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Geared for professionals at every stage, this course provides resources and support to re-assess your career trajectory, develop the tools you need to launch yourself into a promotion, a new job or a whole new field. We will start with the basics – career assessments: who are you? what are you interested in? what are you good at? and where do you want to go? Then we will work on some research skills to find those opportunities or create them yourself. Lastly, each participant will craft the tools to take them to the next step – resumes, cover letters and other ways to reach out and cultivate your next career launch. Each participant will be able to customize their work to suit their unique direction and needs. This Career Preparation class is designed for people who are wanting to clarify their career options within a specific field or explore possibilities for a career change. The goal of the class is to help participants learn more about careers that match their interests and become more confident about career planning and strategic career moves.

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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This class is for the person who has never turned on a computer. You will learn basic vocabulary, practice turning on the machine and powering it down, using a mouse, typing on the keyboard, and exploring what the computer can do. No previous experience is necessary and you don’t even have to own a computer.

Start date: 09/27/16

End date: 09/27/16

Tuition: $29.00



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You can improve your value to your organization and serve your organization better by recognizing some of the legal issues that work organizations face on a regular basis. For non-lawyers in a variety of work environments, you will find out what you should know, and when to consult a lawyer. After completing this course, you will better understand legal issues in the workplace, know when your organization needs to consult a lawyer, and have the knowledge to better serve your organization and work with lawyers.

Start date: 09/06/16

End date: 09/30/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what''s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards.

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. NLP is one of the most powerful skills used today in business, psychology, sales, and all forms of personal development. Find out how to manage your emotional and psychological states to eliminate fear and anxiety, replace negative behaviors with positive ones, and establish rapport in your personal and professional relationships. Then learn how to model highly successful people and better understand your staff''s and customer''s needs, motivations and behaviors.

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $175.00



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Time is even more valuable in this century than in the last. How effective you manage your time and productivity can affect your business and personal life in so many ways. You''ll get tips and techniques you won''t get anywhere else for managing time and increasing productivity. Whether you are managing your own time, or others'' time, come away with proven tips to put into practice on Monday morning.

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties. You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know.

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Are you frustrated by the communication gap that can occur between you and your Spanish-speaking patients? If you answered yes, this Spanish class - designed specifically for healthcare professionals - will help you bridge that gap. You will practice the basic, practical language skills needed to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients and their families. You will learn the basics of the language, gain an understanding of the culture, and know how to ask the questions crucial to quality healthcare. Whether you speak some Spanish and need a refresher, or speak no Spanish, you will complete the course with the skills you will need to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients. RequirementsInternet connection ,IE8 or higher, Chrome, FireFox and access to Adobe Flash Player

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $145.00



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Stress isn''t the enemy. It is our perceptions of stress that amp our anxiety and use up all our steam. Events happen every day. How we interpret those events can set the stage for how we feel and how we react to others. Reducing stress is as easy as understanding what stress is, understanding what stress is to you, and using that knowledge to restructure your thoughts. Turn stress into a stepping stone, not a stumbling block!

Start date: 11/07/16

End date: 12/02/16

Tuition: $145.00



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